Re: Do you let your kids wear hand-me-down shoes?
Sometimes, if they are in new or nearly-new condition. But not usually. I have tried on used shoes a couple of times, trying to be frugal, and I just can't wear them at all. They feel awful if they've been worn at all.
We buy shoes on sale though. I don't buy any fancy name brand shoes for myself even -- and especially not for kids who are going to outgrow them so fast! I can pick up a cheapie pair of shoes on clearance at Target for $5-$10 and so what if they don't last -- they don't need to. My husband also loves shopping clearance sales, so he'll buy a pair of kid's shoes if he sees a great price, even if it's way too big. We have cheap new shoes stored up waiting for the kids to grow into them.